The innards of the paper shredder were lying in front of me.? They seemed fine.? All right, all right, I really would have no way of knowing if anything was malfunctioning.? I couldn’t recognize a single part.? But I was looking for broken wires, debris, black smoke or, as a wild guess, insects.? There was a noticeable lack of any of these inside the shredder.
I screwed the cap back on and re-started the shredder. Nothing.? The shredder still did not work.? I adjusted the placement, I switched plug points,? I tried shaking the shredder (that’s a high-tech maneuver, I will have you know) and nothing happened.
“It must have clogged up with paper”, R said.? So I patiently removed every strip of paper I could see with a tweezer.? The shredder now looked cleaner than it had ever been in its entire life.
Shredders have no gratitude, or at least this one doesn’t.? It still didn’t utter a single sound.
I gave up.? The shredder was dead.? My research on the internet led to forums where people discussed how shredders like the model I had were great, but only lasted a few years.? Our shredder was three years old.? In shredder years, that was probably old age.
Weeks went by without a shredder and meanwhile, the junk mail was accumulating.? So we decided to buy a new shredder, and a different model at that.? The stores seemed to all have huge shredders – behemoths that promised to shred twenty sheets of paper in one go without reading even a single page.? I disliked them intensely, they reminded me of magazine editors.
I came home to my faithful but dead shredder and decided to start one last resuscitation attempt.? There were two miniscule, almost microscopic bits of paper attached to one end of the shredder, and I wanted to take them out too, hoping that would make the shredder start.
Reason told me this was a complete waste of time.? The microscopic paper bits weren’t even blocking anything.? But I pressed on anyway, and this time I grabbed a knife from the countertop.
The knife still had turmeric stains on it from a turmeric rhizome I had cut.? I grimaced and considered washing it, before deciding it didn’t matter. This was only going to take a second anyway.
I scraped at the paper and the little bit came out.? As I watched, a tiny flake of turmeric flew out from the knife and landed lazily on the shredder blades.
I placed the shredder cover back in place, and for some reason, I gave it a pat on its head.
The shredder started working.
I cannot believe it was those minute shards of paper.? I cannot believe it was the pat – I’ve done worse to it during these last few weeks.
That leaves me with only one possible reason – it must have been the turmeric.? We have heard of turmeric’s healing properties, but did you know it could heal shredders too ?
I know you are going to argue that it was those microscopic bits of paper.? I refuse to believe that.
It must have been the turmeric.